Spain has recorded no coronavirus deaths over the past 24 hours for the first time since the beginning of March, a senior health ministry spokesman said Monday.”Today we have received no deaths with the date of death from yesterday,” Fernando Simon, head of the Coordination Centre for Health Alerts and Emergencies told journalists. The number of new cases had also fallen, he added.Spain has recorded new deaths every day since March 3, though the first death there from the virus in fact dates back to February 13. It is one of the countries worst hit by the pandemic, having recorded 27,127 deaths from 239,638 cases notified, according to the latest ministry figures Monday.Spain had become very fast at detecting cases, said Simon.But he warned against any failure to respect the existing restrictions on mass gatherings, still in force despite a gradual relaxation of what was one of the world’s strictest lockdowns.Topics :
An artist’s impression of the new Queen Street Village development.Queen Street Village marketing manager and TOTAL Property Group managing director Adrian Parsons said Palladium was in a highly sought-after location right in the heart of Southport, close to great healthcare and education facilities, and with the light rail station right on its doorstep.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours ago“Palladium residents will enjoy a sense of community and pride of place by being part of Queen Street Village, a self-sustaining economy where businesses are supported by people that live and work in the area,” he said. It has one, two and three-bedroom apartments in a variety of floor plans, starting from $345,000.A retail piazza will be constructed on the ground floor. Queen Street Village is the latest project by Brisbane-based developer, Property Solutions.The company was the developer behind projects such as James Street at Fortitude Valley, The Barracks at Paddington, SW1 at Southbank and the urban redevelopment of Nundah Village.Property Solutions sales and marketing director Craig Wright said Queen Street Village and its residential buildings were designed with the owner-occupier in mind. An artist’s impression of the Queen Street Village at SouthportTHE former Gold Coast Hospital site at Southport is getting a new lease on life, with the first residential apartment within a new $550 million integrated masterplanned community recently launched to the market.Palladium – a 17-storey apartment tower with retail piazza – will be the first stage of the Queen Street Village, which will be built on the 3.2ha site.Once completed, it will include residential apartment buildings, supermarket, retail and dining precincts, a medical centre, commercial office space, a 160 room hotel, and an 11-cinema complex. Adrian Parsons and Craig Wright at the site of Queen Street Village, Southport.“Now the development approval has been released by Gold Coast City Council, we are excited to be in a position to take expressions of interest for our forthcoming sales release of Palladium,” he said.“Our showroom will be opening soon and one of the first things people will notice about Palladium apartments is the abundance of space, with very comfortable living and dining areas that open up to expansive balconies.”Interested buyers are encouraged to register. They will then be the first to preview the range of floor plans, architectural detail, finishes, interior styling and images of the panoramic views beforePalladium is released to the general marketplace.The $550 million Queen Street Village will be developed over the next six to eight years.
As part of its ongoing commitment to engage with stakeholders to ensure energy transition and energy security for Ireland, IOOA said it had written to the Minister responsible for offshore exploration, Sean Canney TD, seeking a meeting on the implications of the announcement of September 23, 2019.IOOA, Chief Executive Officer, Mandy Johnston, added: “The clarification that the announcement in the Taoiseach’s speech does not affect existing licenses is welcome. However, it is important that further clarity is given on how the new Government’s proposal for future licensing rounds will be implemented. With this in mind and as a representative body investing considerably in offshore Ireland we are seeking a meeting with Minister Canney at the earliest possible opportunity.”Europa Oil & Gas, one of the operators with assets offshore Ireland, noted the statement released by the IOOA.Europa’s CEO, Hugh Mackay, said: “We welcome the clarification provided by the Irish Government that existing offshore Ireland licenses remain valid. Europa has a large exploration position in Ireland, which includes our flagship Inishkea gas prospect that lies on the same play as, and is located close to, the producing Corrib gas field. With this in mind, we look forward to continuing to work closely both with the Irish Government and the IOOA.”Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit. Further clarity needed ‘Existing licenses remain valid’ Varadkar’s statement was clarified on Tuesday by a spokeswoman for the Taoiseach. According to the Irish Times, the spokeswoman for the Taoiseach said: “Existing licenses and options for oil and gas will remain valid but Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton will bring a memo to Government within a month to set out how the change will be implemented.“This will relate to future applications,” she said.“No new licensing round for the Atlantic “closed” area – 80 per cent of our waters – will be brought forward by the Government. This is the area where most of the exploration is now focused.“License applications will still be accepted for [the] Celtic and Irish Sea on an ongoing basis,” she added.The IOOA welcomed this clarification from the Government of Ireland that existing exploration licenses would be unaffected and the Government announcement at the United Nations Climate Action Summit only relates to future licenses not those granted in the 2015 License Round.The clarification is clear that the Government’s proposals ‘will relate to future applications’ and that ‘existing licenses will remain valid,’ the organization said. The Government of Ireland has confirmed that the country’s existing exploration licenses will not be affected by a recent announcement of the government’s plans to end all future oil exploration in the country. Irish offshore oil and gas industry has welcomed this clarification, but asked for further clarity on how the new government’s proposal for future licensing rounds will be implemented.Illustration; Source: PixabayTo remind, during the UN Climate Action Summit on Monday evening An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar stated the Irish Government’s intention to phase out oil exploration licenses in the future.Varadkar said that Ireland’s Independent Climate Change Advisory Council had recommended that exploration for oil should end as it is incompatible with a low-carbon future. The Council recommended that exploration for natural gas should continue for now as a transition fuel.Following Varadkar’s statement at the summit, several oil and gas operators with assets in Ireland sought clarification of the situation through the offices of the Irish Offshore Operators’ Association (IOOA), the representative organization for the Irish offshore oil and gas industry.Responding to the government’s announcement, the IOOA said in a statement on Monday that “energy security for Ireland is an important part of that process and we will seek a meeting with Government in relation to the matter in the coming weeks.”
CYO Basketball Tourney Semi-Final ScoresSunday (2-11)St. Louis-1 63 Holy Family 40All Saints 64 St. Michael’s 61Championship-Sunday, February 18St. Louis-Batesville at 1 PMBatesville vs. All SaintsSt. Louis-1 advanced to the championship game of the Batesville Deanery tournament with 63-40 win over Holy Family.St. Louis would jump out to early 9 point lead after 1 period. We weren’t playing our best to start the game but were able to get the lead. St. Louis would stretch its lead to 16 at half. We were missing 2 players and had 2 other players that weren’t completely back to full health, so to be you 16 and not playing are best, I was pleased.In the 2nd half St. Louis would see its lead continue to grow and would gone on to win easily. Even though we would maintained a large lead, I never really felt we were in complete control game. We were glad to get the win, but we are going to have to play a lot better if we want to win the deanery tournament.These kids have played hard all year to get to the championship game and now we are one win away from winning it.STL Scoring. Kyle Siefert 21, Lane Oesterling 16, Alex Westerfeld 7, Nathan Eckstein 7, Sam Bedel 4, Evan Straber 3, Sam Giesting 3, Mitchell Ertel 2.Courtesy of Bruins Coach Roger Dietz.
Press Association Watson carded a second successive 69 to add to his opening 66 as he and fellow left-hander Scott Langley secured their places in the final group on Sunday. Five birdies in six holes on the front nine took Watson to the fore, the highlights being excellent approaches to six feet at the third and eight feet at the sixth. He overhit his flop out of a bunker at the 12th and duffed a chip at the next and though he holed a long birdie putt at the par-three 16th, even that good work was undone at the last. Casey’s approach spun back off the green and after another indifferent chip, he again missed a makeable putt. Ben Martin, Ben Curtis and Andrew Svoboda were at seven under, the latter holing from a greenside bunker to birdie the last for a 68. Rory McIlroy is among the group on six under after following up his nightmare 78 on Friday with a three-under-par 69 on Saturday. The Northern Irishman, who held a three-shot lead after shooting a brilliant 63 in his opening round, looked set for another forgettable day as he bogeyed three of his first six holes. However, birdies on the fifth, eighth, 17th and 18th, combined with an eagle three on the 11th, saw him climb back up the leaderboard and a good final round could yet see the BMW PGA Championship winner challenging the leaders. He was six inches short of an eagle at the par-five seventh, with his good run of holes marred only by a bogey at the fourth. Dropped shots on the 11th and 18th restricted his lead, though he added one more birdie with a 12-foot putt on the 15th to ensure a third sub-70 round. Langley produced a bogey-free 67, with a solitary front-nine birdie at the fifth and a strong back nine. He picked up shots at 10 and 11, holed a long putt at 15 and sent a bold approach narrowly over a bunker and close to the pin on 17 for another birdie. Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama is a shot further back at 10 under after a closing 15-foot birdie putt gave him a round of 69. World number one Adam Scott is alone in fourth at nine under Casey recorded a disappointing 76 to slip down the leaderboard to eight under, though he is in good company in a group containing young sensation Jordan Spieth, who shot 67, and major winner Charl Schwartzel. The damage came on the back nine as Casey bogeyed the 10th and missed a short birdie putt on the par-five 11th after a clever chip. Bubba Watson took a one-stroke lead after the third round of the Memorial Tournament in Ohio as overnight leader Paul Casey fell away.
A.J. James knew he had found something special the moment he first saw Rhiann Newborn play.Part of it was her natural talent, fostered at an early age by her father, Darryl Newborn, and developed through a constant presence at junior tournaments in her hometown of Houston. Part of it was her boldness, like the way she shouted “out” when the ball fell out of bounds, while her opponents would silently raise a finger.James was so impressed with Newborn, then 12 years old, that he introduced himself to her father soon after that first match. The two got along so well that by the time the tournament ended, James had added a budding star to the roster of AJ Elite, a tennis academy for future college prospects that James operated himself. “Since he’s a big guy he scared me a little bit,” Newborn said of that first meeting. “But once I met him he was really nice. He’s so motivated about the sport and wanting to make his players better.”Seven years later, Newborn has become a promising star for Syracuse (2-0) in its first full season under head coach Younes Limam. The sophomore has won both of her singles matches this season and one of two doubles matches with senior partner Amanda Rodgers. She will attempt to continue her success on Saturday against No. 7 Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAll of this may not have been possible without James, who prides himself on AJ Elite’s track record of getting athletes into college. Over 130 of AJ Elite’s former students have made it to college and about 16 former students are now nationally ranked by the Association of Tennis Professionals, James said.“They like my serious, no-nonsense style,” James said. “I don’t swear at them and I don’t berate them.”Newborn, like many of AJ Elite’s athletes, was homeschooled for high school, which allowed her more time to improve her abilities and reach for a college scholarship. Days were often split between lessons taught by her father and James, with breaks for schoolwork and studying in between.During Newborn’s six years working with James, she won the most tournament matches in the 11-year academy’s history, he said. “In tennis you have to have a healthy arrogance about yourself because if you don’t, you’ll get torn to shreds,” James said. “And that’s something that Rhiann has about herself. I always tell my kids you talk with your racket and that’s what she’s done.”Darryl Newborn said James offered his daughter support throughout the college recruitment process. The academy played a key role in helping Newborn determine which tournaments to enter and how to use those tournaments to improve her talents.AJ Elite also helped her find friends who could double as her competitors, especially in the large group setting of James’ practices.“With the big group it really motivated me to get better,” Newborn said. “They helped me push myself through the times that I was not doing too well.”Over the years, James formed a bond with the Newborns that remains strong two years after Newborn committed to Syracuse as a five-star recruit. James speaks to the Newborn family around once a week, and Darryl Newborn considers James to be a “very big part” of their family. When asked to be James’ best man at his upcoming wedding, Darryl Newborn agreed.“When the kids spend nine to 10 years with someone every day, it almost becomes like a second parent,” Darryl Newborn said. “He’s had to teach her not only how to play tennis, but how to be a human being, too.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 22, 2015 at 12:07 am
A record-breaking number of students attended rush events for sororities and fraternities during fall rush this year, with a potential new member class of 1,046 women rushing sororities.The nine sororities participating in rush were encouraged to offer more bids this year as a result of the large class, which broke the previous record of 953, USC Panhellenic President Megan Lambert said. Houses offered 737 bids this semester, with about 70 to 90 pledges in each sorority’s class.Roughly 300 students dropped out of Panhellenic’s rush and some students were not offered bids. Lambert said this happens every year, however.“There’s no guarantee that women will be matched up with a chapter, unfortunately,” Lambert said.USC Interfraternity Council President Michael Madden said official rush numbers will not be released until next week after IFC’s secondary rush ends. Madden said that, on average, more students attended rush events each night. Potential new members were asked to sign in to IFC’s computer system at each house they visited during rush events.“Every single day we were getting 50 more check-ins than what we had last year and the years prior,” Madden said.During house tours Sunday, for example, 1,054 potential new members signed in compared to 1021 students last year, Madden said.About 400 students received bids from fraternities, but more bids will be offered during IFC’s secondary rush, Madden said. Secondary rush will be held at The Lab on Sunday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.Despite the logistical challenges created by the increased number of students during the rush process, Lambert said she saw the bigger rush class as a positive change overall.“We are thrilled that there are so many women looking to join the Panhellenic community, and we can’t wait to welcome our new members,” she said.
Gretchen Dahlinger Means, formerly serving as an expert for sexual assault and complex litigation in the United States Marine Corps, was appointed as the executive director of the Office of Equity and Diversity and USC’s Title IX Coordinator Thursday.The decision was announced in a memorandum sent out on by Todd Dickey, the senior vice president for administration.Means’ job will include “[leading] our compliance and training efforts related to Title IX, the Violence Against Women Act and equal opportunity and affirmative action regulatory requirements,” Dickey said in the memorandum.In the Marine Corps, Means served primarily in the Western Region. She established domestic violence and sexual assault protocols that are now implemented nationwide across the Corps.Additionally, she has experience in training lawyers and others in legal professions.Means will supervise investigations into reported incidents of harassment and discrimination based on protected characteristics cited in the USC Codes of Conduct.Means, who has a background in the legal profession as a deputy district attorney in San Diego, earned her J.D. from the UC Hastings College of Law.Means will be working primarily with Dickey, as well as with Janis McEldowney, the associate senior vice president for human resources.This announcement comes in the midst of an ongoing federal Title IX investigation that was launched at USC in 2013.
After a sweep of crosstown rival No. 11 UCLA in Westwood and a thrilling five-set victory against No. 8-ranked Stanford in Palo Alto, two of USC’s seniors were named Pac-12 Volleyball Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week.Senior middle blocker Alicia Ogoms was voted as Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in her career, while senior outside hitter Samantha Bricio was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week for a record fourth time this season, a feat that no player in conference history has ever accomplished.The senior duo led then-No. 3 USC to a pair of road victories to start conference play undefeated, while also pushing their record to a spotless 14-0 overall. Now, USC sits towards the top of the AVCA national rankings at No. 2 overall, 20 spots higher than their ranking of No. 22 during the preseason.With the award, Bricio also becomes the most lauded player in USC history, as this marks her seventh time winning Offensive Player of the Week. She is the seventh player in conference history to receive weekly honors seven times or more in her career.On Sunday, the Women of Troy stormed Maples Pavilion and earned a dramatic five-set come-from-behind victory against the Cardinal to keep their perfect record intact and remain undefeated in conference play.It certainly wasn’t a pretty win, with a combined 46 hitting and serving errors on the evening for the Women of Troy, but USC went the distance for the first time this season and was able to pull out the gutsy (26-24, 19-25, 20-25, 25-17, 15-13) victory in Palo Alto. USC now improves to 14-0 on the season and 2-0 in Pac-12 play while Stanford drops to 7-3, 1-1 in conference.Even though his team did not play all that well, head coach Mick Haley thought his players could learn a lot from their performance in a tough environment.“I think this win means we can certainly get a lot better, but now they know how to win when they’re not at their best. They’ve got a great team concept and they’re playing off each other’s enthusiasm,” Haley said.Bricio had yet another career-high performance, this time scoring a personal best of 34.0 points on a game-high 27 kills, 10 digs, three blocks and five service aces. The Women of Troy had 63 kills compared to Stanford’s 56, with Bricio accounting for 43 percent of her team’s kills.“Her performance today is why I think she’s a serious candidate for Player of the Year. When a player steps up like that in every facet — serving, passing, blocking and hitting — you can win a lot of games even when the rest of the team isn’t playing so well. Her play was huge,” Haley said.Ogoms had a whopping nine blocks on the afternoon, good enough for match-high honors, while also adding eight kills on a .438 hitting clip. Junior setter Alice Pizzasegola directed the USC offense with 34 assists and eight digs, while junior libero Taylor Whittingham had a match-high 15 digs.USC’s three freshman starters all provided significant contributions on the afternoon as well. Setter Baylee Johnson filled the stat sheet with a solid all-around effort, adding 17 assists, five kills, nine digs and five blocks, while outside hitter Alyse Ford finished second on the team with 12 kills. Victoria Garrick, a first-year defensive specialist playing in front of her family and friends, tallied 14 digs in the back row to finish second on the team and added one service ace.Haley was proud of how his young players fought throughout the match.“The freshmen really grew up tonight. They had their ups and downs, and each one of them had stuff to work through, but they’re learning how to do it and they’re gaining experience,” Haley said. “When we can win to go with that experience, that just gives them more and more self confidence.”After a tight 26-24 first set victory, USC fell behind in the match after Stanford won two straight sets. This would be the first time all season that the Women of Troy have dropped more than one set in a game. The fourth set, however, went USC’s way with a 25-17 win, forcing the fifth and decisive set. Bricio added six kills in the frame to solidify the 15-13 comeback victory.With the win, USC snapped Stanford’s 27-match home winning streak at Maples Pavilion, their first loss since USC beat them in five sets back in October 2013. The Women of Troy also remain one of five unbeaten NCAA Division I teams this season.USC will now head home for a pair of conference games against the Washington schools. The Washington State Cougars come to the Galen Center on Friday, Oct. 2 at 7:00 p.m. to take on the Women of Troy in the first game of the series. Then on Sunday, Oct. 4, No. 2-ranked USC and No. 5-ranked Washington face off for an afternoon top 10 showdown at 1:00 p.m.“We have to take it one game at a time. Now we have to put this win behind us and think about Washington State next,” Haley said. “They’re going to come to Galen and try and do the same thing we did to Stanford on our home court, so after tonight our focus has to shift to the Cougars.”
Eric He is a sophomore majoring in print and digital journalism. His column, “Grinding Gears,” runs Wednesdays. The women’s water polo team won its fifth national championship in program history on Sunday, adding to the impressive — yet largely unnoticed — dynasty that is water polo at USC.When you think of dynasties in Trojan athletics, you immediately think of football — the Pete Carroll era, the success under John McKay and John Robinson — or maybe baseball and Rod Dedeaux’s 11 national championships in a 45-year tenure.But flying under the radar is water polo — a sport that barely registers on the casual USC fan’s radar — and Jovan Vavic, the head coach of both the men’s and women’s teams, who has amassed more national championships than any coach in USC history, but could walk straight down Trousdale and go unrecognized.His resume features 14 national championships (five women’s, nine men’s) and 22 Coach of the Year awards (12 National Coach of the Year honors and 10 MPSF Coach of the Year awards). His winning percentage is above .700 with both the men and the women’s teams. On the men’s side, he has appeared in 11 consecutive national championships, and from 2008 to 2013, his team won it all. Every year. Six years in a row.Vavic is essentially the John Wooden of water polo, and it’s no secret why. He demands the best from his players and never expects anything less. Observe him during a game and he is intimidating, to say the least, with his booming voice barking orders at his players and yelling at the referees.And he never stops coaching. In a game in late March, as the women’s water polo team was ahead by five goals against Cal in the season finale and a minute away from clinching a perfect 21-0 regular season, Vavic barked at his team to press or pressure the opponent. They didn’t, and he called a timeout to light up his players.“Why didn’t you press?” he yelled loud enough for everyone present at Uytengsu Aquatics Center to hear.Mind you, this was in the final minute of the final regular season game that was well out of reach for the opponent. It was the equivalent of a basketball coach telling his or her team to stage a full court press with a 20-point lead in the final 30 seconds. But that’s just the way Vavic is.“He just keeps pushing and pushing and pushing,” junior attacker Stephania Haralabidis said after the 11-6 win over Cal. “He’s a perfectionist. That’s good. If we have a 5-goal lead, we start relaxing.”And relaxation is not an option for Vavic, at least in the pool. Take a look at this excerpt from a feature on Vavic in Los Angeles Magazine:“This is, after all, the man who lines up players along the outdoor pool deck and laces into them as they stand shivering. Who kicked a container filled with medicine balls so hard, he broke a toe. Who angrily drew a circle on a whiteboard, explaining that it was the empty dessert plate of a player he then blasted for being too slow.”Vavic has a strong “tough love” approach that is demanding but has earned the respect of his players.“Him screaming at us makes us go like this,” Haralabidis said, throwing her hands in the air. “It helps a lot.”Two months later, Haralabidis would find out how much it helped. She scored the game-winning goal to win the national championship for USC, delivering a left-handed strike from the right side into the back of the net with six seconds remaining to give the Trojans an 8-7 win over Stanford and capping off a 26-0 season for the Women of Troy.Vavic is, in many ways, the perfect water polo coach. Water polo is not a sport for the weary, a fact that I was quickly introduced to when covering the men’s beat last season. The water might make it appear like a graceful, agile sport, but make no mistake: it is physical, fast-paced and demanding. Treading water for 32 minutes is hard enough without worrying about the holding, strangling and shoving — and that’s just what happens above the surface. I’ve heard of players purposely growing their toenails out, and let’s just say it’s not because they have regular pedicure appointments.A tough sport calls for a tough leader, and for more than two decades Vavic has continuously found the right formula to lead his teams to the top, year upon year. The championship win on Sunday — Vavic’s ninth in nine seasons — further cements his legacy as an all-time legendary coach in USC history.Amidst the coaching carousel that has embroiled the football team in recent seasons, it is refreshing to see that at least one program at USC has a coach with all the job security in the world, coaching two teams and delivering winners on a regular basis. Maybe it’s time for Trojan fans to start paying attention to him and his sport.